New one-make cup racing car from Porsche on the start line
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup turns its final laps incognito: the next racing car earmarked for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and selected national Carrera Cup series is about to receive the green light for the 2021 season.
It is the first racing car based on the current 992 generation Porsche 911. The seventh cup-car generation will carry forward a great legacy: since the first car was built in 1990, Porsche has built 4,251 units of the globally successful one-make cup racer. Of its immediate predecessor alone, 1,410 cars rolled off the 911 assembly line at Zuffenhausen; 673 vehicles were built from the 991.1 generation and 737 examples from the 2017-launched 991.2 generation were delivered to customers.
The development of the new 911 GT3 Cup began in mid-2018 with the definition of the concept: how should the new racing car look and what should it be able to do? It proved very beneficial to exchange ideas in close cooperation with the racing teams and our international one-make cup organisations – around the world and also outside our own series. We listened carefully to the engineers and mechanics as well as the drivers and team bosses to find out what they like about the current car and what is needed, explains Product Manager Christoph Werner. By doing this, we got a very accurate picture of the mood and we gathered a great deal of information so that we could set the right priorities for the new, globally-run model. In fact, this also applies to the eventual running of the vehicle in, for example, endurance races or club sport events.
After a busy year and several hundred newly-designed parts, the “TC01” (Test Car 01) was put on its wheels in mid-2019. After we’d completed the first bodyshell and all the components at our Motorsport Centre in Flacht, we completed the car in a record time of just ten days with the project team, reports Project Manager Jan Feldmann.
“The car was actually only supposed to cover a couple of kilometres as a shakedown,” Feldmann recalls. After four more days of testing at Weissach, “TC01” embarked on a European tour: Germany’s Lausitzring was followed by tests on the high-speed circuit of Monza and other international racetracks. “For us, it was important to learn as much as possible on the broadest possible range of circuits with different characteristics,” explains Technical Manager Martijn Meijs.
“It was produced on the same assembly line as the other 911 at the main facility and was very similar to the final racing version,” said Feldmann. The main task of this test car was to complete long runs, including on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring.
Dec 08, 2020 at 16:46